How Much Will The Nintendo Wii U Cost?

13 September 2012
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How Much Will The Nintendo Wii U Cost?

How much will the Nintendo Wii U cost? Nintendo today announced the Nintendo Wii U price in USA and Europe.

Nintendo Wii U Price Difference For Basic & Deluxe Sets

Nintendo’s new HD system will offer entirely new ways for you to play games and enjoy their favorite programming when it launches in America & Canada on November 18th and in Europe on November 30th, 2012. During the launch window, more than 50 games will be available for Wii U, which will be offered in two different colors and configurations.

Let’s take a closer look at your two Wii U console choices and what they cost…

Nintendo Wii U Basic Set

The Wii U Basic Set has a price of US$299.99 / €299.99 / £249.99.
It includes a white colored Wii U console with 8 GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar, and an HDMI cable to connect the console to your HD TV.

Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set

The Wii U Deluxe Set has a price of US$349.99 / €349.99 / £299.99.
It has black colored components. This bundle includes all elements from the Basic Set, as well as the Nintendo Land game, increased console storage capacity of 32 GB, and has additional accessories like a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on a table. If you buy the Deluxe Set, you’ll also be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which lets Wii U owners receive points (10% of each purchase) for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop, which makes for a nice discount. The promotion is currently planned through 2014.

Both configurations offer a wealth of one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences, including an online gaming community called Miiverse and the new Nintendo TVii application (detailed below). Using the touch screen on the GamePad controller, Nintendo TVii users will be able to browse programming from sources they subscribe to, including cable and satellite channels, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and even their recorded TiVo shows – all from a single starting point.

Full Nintendo Wii U Details

Here are the full details about how the new Wii U home console and its touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller can revolutionize not only video game play but also the way people find and watch TV and video content. I know that sounds an awful lot like hyping, but continue reading and especially watch the demonstration videos below to be convinced it’s true…

At a special Wii U preview event in New York, Nintendo also unveiled Nintendo TVii, an application that will let Wii U owners in the United States and Canada find, watch and engage with their favorite video entertainment in fun new ways. Using the GamePad controller, Nintendo TVii lets viewers seamlessly explore available video content from a variety of sources – including live TV, their TiVo DVR and video-on-demand services such as Netflix – all in one easy-to-use interface.

To see what Wii U games can do with the new controller, you can check out our “What is the Wii U?” article.

Nintendo Wii U Launch Games Lineup

Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games that will be available on launch day or during the launch window. Launch window is defined as the period beginning November 18, 2012, and ending March 31, 2013.
Note: All confirmed launch day games are bolded! Most will be available shortly after launch.

Here’s a Wii U games sizzle reel showing off the here-under listed games.

505 Games:
Funky Barn

2K Sports:
NBA 2K13

Activision Publishing, Inc.:
007™ Legends
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
Wipeout 3
Skylanders Giants™
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing

Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate

Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
Ben 10: Omniverse™
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade

Disney Interactive:
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Electronic Arts:
Mass Effect™ 3: Special Edition
Madden NFL 13

Trine 2™: Director’s Cut

Gaijin Games:
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Majesco Entertainment:
Zumba® Fitness Core

Maximum Games:
Jett Tailfin™

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.:

Nintendo Land™
New Super Mario Bros.™ U (also available from day 1 a digital download)
NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor’s Edge
LEGO® City: Undercover
Wii Fit™ U
Game & Wario™
Pikmin™ 3
The Wonderful 101™
Dragon Quest X (in Japan)
Bayonetta 2 (in Japan)

Aliens: Colonial Marines™
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Nano Assault Neo

Tecmo Koei America Corporation:

Darksiders® II
Wheel of Fortune®

Two Tribes:
Toki Tori 2

Assassin’s Creed® III
Just Dance® 4
Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth
Rabbids® Land
Sports Connection™
Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
Rayman Legends®

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment:
Scribblenauts™ Unlimited
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition

Other Game Announcements & Quotes

Additionally, Nintendo shared new information about dozens of games on the way for Wii U, including Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros.™ U, LEGO® City: Undercover, BAYONETTA 2, The Wonderful 101™, Capcom’s Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate and Activision’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops II. New Super Mario Bros. U offers unprecedented ways for friends and families to play together and explore Mario’s world using the GamePad. Nintendo Land, which will be available as a standalone game or included with the Wii U Deluxe Set, is a virtual theme park featuring a lineup of 12 playable attractions based on Nintendo’s greatest game worlds, including The Legend of Zelda™, Metroid™, Mario™, Animal Crossing™ and Donkey Kong™. As an added bonus for fans, a Chase McCain LEGO minifigure will come as a special pre-order bonus for those who pre-order a copy of LEGO City: Undercover at participating retailers while supplies last. All of these games will instantly immerse players in a variety of new game-play experiences that are available only on Wii U.

“The wait is almost over — in just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, you will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box. The new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”

The selection of third-party games on the way for Wii U will include some of the industry’s biggest names and most beloved franchises. Activision is set to bring several of its leading properties to Wii U during the launch window, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants™ and TRANSFORMERS PRIME™. Other third-party games coming soon to Wii U include Assassin’s Creed®III, ZombiU™, Rayman Legends®and Just Dance® 4 from Ubisoft, Madden NFL 13 and Mass Effect™ 3 from Electronic Arts, Scribblenauts™ Unlimited and Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive.

“The integrated second screen of the GamePad creates new possibilities for how games can be played, and further reflects the innovation Nintendo has poured into the Wii U,” said Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing’s CEO. “We’re excited for our fans to experience the biggest franchises, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants and Transformers Prime, in new ways made possible on Wii U.”

Do you think the Nintendo Wii U cost is reasonable? If not, what would make it worth it?


About the author

Ferry Groenendijk By Ferry Groenendijk: He is the founder and editor of Video Games Blogger. He loved gaming from the moment he got a Nintendo with Super Mario Bros. on his 8th birthday. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

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